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Charles pays glowing tribute to UK troops in Afghanistan

The Prince of Wales yesterday praised the “enormous courage and determination” of British troops fighting in Afghanistan.

Prince Charles spoke of his pride in the “enduring qualities” of the soldiers, marines and airmen serving on the frontline and said meeting them during a visit to Afghanistan in March was a “humbling experience”.

Writing in The Sun newspaper as it launched its Military Awards 2010, he said: “What struck me most of all was the enduring qualities of those I met — their physical and moral courage, their integrity, service and sacrifice and of course their professionalism and unquenchable humour. It was a humbling experience.”

His speech came as two more British servicemen were killed in southern Afghanistan in separate incidents, the Ministry of Defence said yesterday.

Next of kin have been informed.

A soldier from 1st Battalion Scots Guards was killed by small-arms fire in the Lashkar Gah District of Helmand Province yesterday.

A Royal Marine from 40 Commando died in an explosion while on foot patrol in the Sangin District of Helmand Province yesterday.

The Prince also highlighted the role of Armed Forces’ families, saying their support was vital to the success of operations.

“Their loyalty, love and forbearance is, quite simply what makes the whole difference,” he said.

The Prince is founder and pa

tron of the awards — nicknamed The Millies — which are now in their third year.

The awards not only honour the bravery of frontline troops but also recognise those who work behind the scenes to support the Armed Forces.

The closing date for nominations is September 30. Winners will be announced during a televised ceremony in the run-up to Christmas.

Meanwhile a bomb attack against an Afghan government official has killed five children in the country's southern Kandahar province.

Officials say a suicide bomber tried to attack the convoy of Dand district governor Ahmadullah Nazak Monday but instead killed children nearby. Nazak was not injured.

US and NATO commanders have warned of a possible an increase in violence as international and Afghan forces work together to clear the south of Taliban insurgents.

Militants attacked a second Afghan government official on Monday in Nangarhar province.

Afghan officials say the vehicle of a senior adviser to President Hamid Karzai was hit by bomb blast in the city of Jalalabad. The adviser, Wahidullah Sabawoon, and at least five other people were wounded.

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